Monday, January 26, 2009

Industry Analysis: NetBooks Market outlook

AN JOSE, Calif. — The market for netbooks could explode from 35 million units this year to as many as 139 million in 2013, according to a report published today by ABI Research (Oyster Bay, NY).

The ultra small notebooks pioneered by Taiwan's AsusTek have been a strong area of growth for a PC sector otherwise slowing to a crawl in the current recession. However, a debate has raged over whether the growth will be mainly focused on x86/Windows or ARM/Linux systems and whether that growth will come at the expense of traditional and more profitable notebooks.

Netbooks are likely to serve pent-up needs for full featured mobile devices not served by today's smart phones or the PDAs of the past, said ABI researcher Kevin Burden in his report. "Today, with a better understanding for what a smart phone is, is not, and may never be, the market remains open for new device types," he said in a prepared statement.

The report, "Mobile Devices Annual Market Overview" provides shipment and revenue forecasts as well as analysis on a variety of system types including mobile handsets, ultra mobile devices, broadband-enabled consumer electronics and cellular modems. (EETime)
My Comments, posted earlier on Facebook:

NetBook Demand ~ semiconductors sales ~ virtualization & Cloud Computing applications ~ increased network traffic and demand for higher bandwidth .

Industries and companies poised to benefit in the immediate future:

- Semiconductors / PCB Fabrication houses
- PCB design and development houses
- networking equipment Manufacturers
- semiconductor manufacturers (Asia Vendors to the most part)
- ISP's offering high data bandwidth connectivity (wifi, 3G, Edge)
- server virtualization vendors
- Cloud application vendors & open source software

Cross posting from Facebook

Copyright C. Abdulrahman Rafiq

Monday, January 19, 2009

Inauguration of Barack Hussein Obama -- User Feedback


In less than 9 hours President-Elect Barack Hussein Obama will be sworn in as the 44th President of the United States. Many of you are already in Washington DC awaiting in anticipation for 'The Moment'.

Whether you plan on attending the Inauguration in person, or remotely from the comfort of your home or office, we'd like to hear from you. While you attend this Historic event please consider sharing your thoughts, insights, and feelings here.

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You can watch the Inauguration Webcast live at http://inaugural.
(Proceedings start at 6:30 am Pacific Time.)
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